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Expert: Translate OHS Laws To Workforce

Expert: Translate OHS Laws To Workforce
Andrew See facilitating the workshop at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel in Lautoka on Wednesday. Photo: Waisea Nasokia
August 21
09:11 2015

Resident magistrate who sits on such bodies as the Employment Relations Tribunal, Andrew See, believes that Fiji has a bigger challenge to translate Occupational Health Safety issues to the workforce.

Mr See is facilitating the OHS Prosecution Workshop at Tanoa Waterfront Hotel, Lautoka which began on Wednesday.

He said the workshop was to upskill work safety officers in their work whether in educational, investigations, prosecution or workers compensation.

“It is translating the work in health and safety into something that is understandable and clearly understood by anyone that comes into the workforce,” Mr See said.

He said the 24 participants from the Western Division should be able work out strategies to ensure that employers and employee are on the same page.

“They all have a role to play so we are providing the training reinforcement on their importance in a growing economy like Fiji where industry are developing and that they are able to work close to people leaving their home and returning to their families in one piece,” Mr See said.

“The emphasis is on education and  compliance and upskilling people. The tail end is prosecution which should always be the last resort.”

Meanwhile, the group will go through court mock exercise, role pays where they have to look at issues, legislation and give ideas on how to prosecute cases.

Mr See is a Brisbane-based barrister and industrial relations consultant who serves as a magistrate in Fiji, where he sits on the Employment Relations Tribunal, the Judicial Services Commission disciplinary and tax tribunal. Since May last year he was also appointed to the Fiji Revenue and Customs Court of Review.

The three-day workshop will continue on August 24-25.



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